at Digging Dog
Long and arching, finely dissected fronds are distinguished by slender bases with broad midsections and dramatically tapered tips that evoke the elegance of an ostrich plume. Reputed to be a prized culinary delight melding asparagus and green bean flavors, fresh fiddleheads thrust upward in spring from spreading underground rhizomes, growing into dense, vase-shaped green clumps.
Hailing from the northern regions of North America, Europe and Asia, The Ostrich Fern’s erect deciduous form is dramatic en masse and prefers a cool, moist shady realm, abiding some drought once established and providing welcome seasonal cover for wildlife.
Size: 4' 0"–6' 0" high x 3' 0"–8' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.
Matteuccia struthiopteris (F-0004)
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